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Meet our Team

  • Leadership
  • Clint and Leigh Ann Trebesh Navigators Atlanta Lead Director

    Since meeting in 2005, Clint and Leigh Ann have been following God’s calling to advance the gospel of Jesus, make disciples, and raise up kingdom laborers and leaders among college students. Clint graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and Leigh Ann from Winthrop University. After serving at the University of Colorado, then at the University of New Mexico they moved to Atlanta in 2013 to pioneer a new disciple-making ministry at Georgia State. In 2018, Clint and Leigh Ann stepped into a city leadership role with The Navigators Atlanta. They desire to see this next generation of men and women come to know, love, and follow Jesus. They long to bridge the gaps of culture, race, economics, social status, and spirituality with the gospel so that future generations would experience this transformational relationship with Christ.

    CONTACT

    clint.trebesh@navigators.org leighann@atlnavs.com

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  • Megan Colabrese Navigators Atlanta Care Director

    After graduating from Penn State, Megan worked in the commercial real estate industry. Since joining The Navigators, she has worked at their headquarters, with college students at Penn State, with young professionals on Capitol Hill, and most recently with young professionals in Atlanta. She’s passionate about seeing the love of Christ transform lives so people can live more fully out of who they were created to be.

    CONTACT

    megan.colabrese@navigators.org

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  • JOHN and Beth STARKE Atlanta 20s Director

    John has worked at The Advisory Board Company and has obtained a Master’s degree in Comparative Religion. He is passionate about equipping next generation professionals to have effective ministry in their workplace and communities.

    Beth brings exposure to cultures from around the world and experience in education. She loves discipling the hearts of women and living among those who don’t know Jesus.

    CONTACT

    john.starke@navigators.org

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  • Dave and Cathy Bowman Atlanta Collegiate Director

    Dave worked as an engineer before joining The Navigators staff in 1978. Dave brings 35 years of expertise in staff training and development, sending out over 105 staff. Dave loves developing and caring for staff and serves as a member of The U.S. Navigators’ Collegiate Leadership Team.

    Cathy worked as a registered dietitian and joined The Navigators staff in 1976. She co-labors with Dave in ministry and loves seeing people understand who Christ is and live in freedom. Cathy and Dave have two daughters and three grandchildren.

    CONTACT

    dave@atlnavs.com

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  • Donnie and Valerie Hoover Navigators Church Ministries Southeast Director

    Donnie worked in the banking industry for 10 years before going into vocational ministry. He then discipled students at Georgia Tech for 17 years. He currently serves with The Navigators Church Ministries. He is passionate about one-on-one discipleship with the goal of raising up leaders for the next generation. He continues to disciple young men in addition to his role of coaching pastors.

    Valerie served in High School ministry for 7 years before marrying Donnie and joining him in ministry at Georgia Tech. She has a heart for discipling young women and especially enjoys partnering with Donnie in providing pre-marital counseling for couples. They love being the parents of their three children, Brittni, Brianna, Brock.

    CONTACT

    Donnie@atlnavs.com

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  • David and Anna Rau Atlanta International Student Ministry Director

    David developed a heart for the nations when he served abroad as a college student. He has been working with international students for the past four years and is passionate about welcoming them, helping them navigate American culture and removing obstacles in the way of them encountering Christ.

    Anna’s heart for all things international emerged during her childhood spent in the Philippines. She completed a degree in Intercultural Studies and has spent two stints abroad since college, punctuated by jobs in the service industry. She loves understanding and engaging with people from around the world and being a catalyst for Christ in their lives.

    CONTACT

    david@atlnavs.com anna@atlnavs.com

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  • Tyler and Kathryn Harrison Atlanta Workplace Director

    After graduating from Vanderbilt University and serving as a shipboard officer in the United States Navy, Tyler enjoyed a twenty year corporate real estate career. Today Tyler is self-employed as an asset manager. Kathryn is a graduate from UGA and Vanderbilt and practices law. Tyler and Kathryn are passionate about participating with God as He draws businesspersons to Himself and grows them into followers of Jesus Christ.

    CONTACT

    tyler@atlnavs.com kathryn@atlnavs.com

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  • Rich and Jane Berry Atlanta City Advisor

    Richard planted and pastored a church in Atlanta, and served with the Evangelical Covenant Church as Assistant Superintendent of the Southeast Conference and US Director of Urban Church Expansion. He leads men’s ministries in Atlanta, coaches pastors and oversees Navigators staff in cities across the country and is working to bring ethnicity through all of the missions and the broad work of The Navigators.

    CONTACT

    rich@atlnavs.com

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  • AIMEE HODGES Atlanta City Coach

    Aimee has worked in the mortgage industry, with college students, young business professionals, at The Navigators’ headquarters and as Interim Atlanta City Director for The Navigators. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and enjoys strategic planning and leadership coaching.

    CONTACT

    aimee@atlnavs.com

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  • Staff Team
  • Lawrence and Erika Brown I:58

    Lawrence is leading our I:58 ministry to urban youth in South Atlanta.  His life experiences, love for Jesus Christ, and his giftings for working with youth have made him an essential addition to our urban youth initiatives.

    Erika has worked in the financial industry for the past seven years. She has a huge heart for working amongst people who do not know Jesus and loves to show people the love of Christ through building authentic relationships. Erika and Lawrence actively serve in a new church in Southwest Atlanta where they are also raising their three lively, energetic sons.

    CONTACT

    lawrence.brown@atlnavs.com

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  • Ben and Caryn Burchardi Campus Director Georgia Institute of Technology

    Ben is a University of Florida alum with a background in construction management.  Having a passion for building, whether it is with lumber and screws or investing into the lives of people, he is excited about developing the next generation of laborers at Georgia Tech.

    Caryn is a Colorado State University alum with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. She has worked with The Navigators since 2005, serving at CSU, Clemson University, The University of Florida and now at Georgia Tech. Besides spending time with her two daughters and son, Caryn has a passion to equip student leaders, mentor women one-on-one and invest her time in people who are not familiar with Jesus.

    CONTACT

    ben@atlnavs.com caryn@atlnavs.com

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  • Daniel Gates Kennesaw State University

    Daniel graduated from the University of South Carolina and has served with The Navigators since 2012.  He loves to meet and mentor new students with the Gospel and is excited to do so on Kennesaw State’s campus.

    CONTACT

    Daniel@atlnavs.com

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  • Josh Jeans Georgia Institute of Technology

    Josh, born in Marietta, is a Vanderbilt University alum with a degree in Human and Organizational Development. He has served as Navigators staff since 2015, spending three years as collegiate staff at Vanderbilt and more recently joining the team at Georgia Tech. Josh has a heart for whole-life discipleship, covering things like spiritual formation, work and rest, family relationships, finances, and spiritual generations.

    CONTACT

    josh.jeans@navigators.org

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  • Lloyd and Gloria Lassiter Workplace AFAM Network

    Lloyd works in Information Technology and has served with The Navigators since 1981. He is a member of the Atlanta Workplace Ministry Team and is an active AFAM network (African American network) member developing disciplemaker leaders.

    Gloria is a high school teacher with a Masters in Math Education. She enjoys evangelism and encouraging women in their walk with Christ.

    CONTACT

    lloyd@atlnavs.com

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  • Chris and Johana Miller Atlanta University Center

    Chris and Johana Miller have been married since 2008 and have three wonderful children. Chris was a college pastor for a church in Texas for nine years, which involved everything from discipling collegiates on being leaders among their peers, to training families to co-labor in discipling collegiates in the city while also being involved in campus activities. Another part of Chris’ joy of discipleship is taking students overseas for mission work to such places as Spain, China, Kenya, and Austria. Over the past nine years, Chris and Johana have done premarital counseling for couples that have come through the college ministry or have joined the church at a later time. It’s been a joy for the Millers to share the good news of the gospel through God’s plan for marriage. Johana has a wonderful gift of loving young ladies one at a time while making each woman feel comfortable in how God has uniquely created her.

    CONTACT

    millers@atlnavs.com

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  • Scott and Marion Murphy International Student Ministry

    Scott and Marion have lived in East Asia and ministered with East Asian college students. Scott loves vulnerable one-on-one sharing from the heart with whomever God brings his way. Marion’s interest in East Asia was launched with a major in anthropology, serving on The Navigators East Asia Task Force, and getting a Masters in ESL. Missions has been worked out in the context of raising their 4 children and now 5 grandchildren. Marion especially has a passion for living among the lost and pre-evangelism, hospitality, and discipling and mentoring young women.

    CONTACT

    scott.murphy@atlnavs.com marion.murphy@atlnavs.com

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  • Carlos Preston I:58

    Carlos, a native of southwest Atlanta, graduated from Ashford University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. As a father of four, he understands and is passionate about the importance of early discipleship in the lives of youth. He has been involved in children’s ministry since 2003 and has led, along with his wife Amandria, a recreational ministry for children since 2010. Carlos’ love for and involvement in local and global missions inspires him to be “in the trenches” with those hurting and in need of a Christ-led life in the city that is close to his heart.

    CONTACT

    carlos.preston@atlnavs.com

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  • Dennis and Melynda Schauer International Student Ministry

    Dennis has been involved with The Navigators since his freshman year at the University of Alabama, where he served as a student leader. After graduating with a communications degree, he joined EDGE Corps for two years at the University of Tennessee. He recently graduated with a seminary degree from Beeson Divinity School and is excited to use his passion for the lost by reaching out to international students and sharing the Gospel with those who have never heard.

    Melynda’s interest in other cultures began when she moved to Asia as the daughter of missionaries when she was a child. After graduating from an international high school in Taiwan, she earned a mass communication degree from the University of Montevallo, then worked for six years as a digital journalist for a TV station in Birmingham, AL. She likes to meet people from different backgrounds and practice hospitality. Dennis and Melynda have two children, Samuel and Timothy.

    CONTACT

    dennis.schauer@atlnavs.com melynda.schauer@atlnavs.com

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  • Jared Parnell Georgia Institute of Technology

    Jared was born and raised in Middle Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015, and has been on staff with The Navigators for 3 years. He is currently engaged to his beautiful fiancée, Tiana Castillo. He is super passionate about wrestling, food and mobilizing people to go overseas to spread the name of Jesus.

    CONTACT

    jared.parnell@navigators.org

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  • Christine White Atlanta City Administrator and Operations Manager

    Prior to joining staff with The Navigators, Christine received a Civil Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and worked for Samaritan’s Purse in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene programming overseas. Christine spent almost four years as Navigators collegiate staff at Xavier University before moving back to Atlanta with her husband, Daniel. Christine spent two years in a split role of both office administration and Georgia State University campus ministry. She currently serves The Navigators as Atlanta City Administrator and Operations Manager.

    CONTACT

    christine.white@navigators.org

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